Justice Jillani graces Forman Christian College FCC University FCCU Lahore alumni reunion

Justice Jillani graces Forman Christian College FCC University FCCU Lahore   alumni reunion

Justice Jillani graces Forman Christian College FCC University FCCU Lahore   alumni reunion

Justice Jillani graces Forman Christian College FCC University FCCU Lahore alumni reunion

The Formanite Alumni Association of the Forman Christian College (FCC) held its Annual Reunion on campus on Saturday. This was the 11th reunion since denationalisation and was dedicated to FCC’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

Formanite Chief Justice Pakistan Tassadduq Hussain Jillani was the guest of honour. In addition to the FCC Rector Dr James Tebbe and former Rector Dr Peter Armacost, a number of illustrious Formanites were also present, including Formanites Alumni Association (FAA) President Chaudhry Ahmad Saeed, Balochistan Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai and Board of Directors Member Yusuf Shirazi.

Distinguished Formanite awards for outstanding contributions in their fields were given to Justice Wajihuddin, Lt Gen Farooq Ahmad Khan and Gen Noel Israel Khokhar. Gen Kuldeep Singh Bajwa, a Formanite from India, was also honoured.

The FCC rector summarised the achievements of the past year and spoke of future plans for the university. These included further developing the liberal arts program for students, developing a South Asia Institute for research and policy development, leadership development for faculty and administrative staff and developing teacher education programs.

Dr Tebbe thanked the federal and provincial governments as well as USAID for their support towards infrastructural development and providing scholarships. US Consul General in Lahore Nina Fite acknowledged the thanks.

A special award was given to Chaudhry Ahmad Saeed recognising his role in reviving the Alumni Association and raising funds for the university through his own contributions as well as requests through others.

Justice Jillani told young Formanites to ask themselves who they were rather than who they wished they were. “Identify your goals and pursue them with passion,” he advised.

After dinner Noori performed to some of their popular numbers.

Punjab government spending Rs 149m on special education

Punjab government spending Rs 149m on special education

LAHORE: The Punjab government is spending Rs 140 million on the promotion of special education during the current financial year 2013-14. Official sources told APP on Sunday, a total of 25 schemes would be accomplished, which include eight ongoing schemes, while 17 were new. All schemes would be completed without foreign aid. They said the provision of educational facilities to school-age special children, their training and rehabilitation and enhancement of enrolment of special children centres were some of the steps being taken by the Punjab government. Sources said projects being initiated include construction of Govt Degree College of Special Education, Lahore, construction of the building of Govt Special Education Centre in Pattoki, Bahawalpur, Mandi Bahauddin, Pir Mehal, 18 Hazari and Samundri, construction of building of Govt Institute for Slow Learners in Bahawalpur and Vehari and establishment of the Govt Primary School of Special Education for Visually Impaired (Girls), Sargodha. Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) has said that the 14th Quality Assurance Test (Phase-II) of private schools partnering with the PEF under its Foundation Assistant School (FAS) programme would be held today (Monday) in nine different districts. As many as 2,156 FAS-partner schools in 36 districts are taking part in it. The FAS Quality Assurance Test has so far been completed in 17 different districts. A total of 244 schools will take part in the QAT being held today in the districts of Jhang, Nankana Sahib, Chiniot, Sargodha, Sialkot, Narowal, Gujranwala, Hafizabad and Toba Tek Singh, concluded the spokesman.

Beaconhouse breaks world record of largest art class

Beaconhouse breaks world record of largest art class

Beaconhouse breaks world record of largest art class

Beaconhouse breaks world record of largest art class

LAHORE: In collaboration with the Punjab Sports Board, the talented students of Beaconhouse set a Guinness World Record for the largest art class on Friday. Beaconhouse Art Curriculum Manager Rukhe Neelofer Zaidi led 5,351 Beaconhouse students in this momentous endeavour.
A team from the Guinness Book of World Records was also present at the festival to verify records. It was an experience of a lifetime for the students, who were thrilled to have become part of an international record-breaking attempt and even more excited to have succeeded.
The arrangements for the attempt were made by the Punjab government in collaboration with Beaconhouse. Private TV channels covered the proceedings in a live broadcast from the Punjab Stadium in Lahore, where thousands of workstations were set up in neat rows for the students.
They created the artwork using various mediums, including acrylics, watercolours, mixed media, colour pencils, pastels and canvas.
They wore green and white shirts and caps with Pakistani flags imprinted on them, and excitedly chanted ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ as they waited for the results. Their dedication and skill were a sight to behold, as they came together in a magnificently disciplined and organised manner to take on the challenge, the magnitude of which cannot be overstated.
Their hard work soon paid off: a wave of jubilation hit the crowd as it was announced that Beaconhouse students had broken the world record for the largest art class.
This remarkable achievement is further testament to the meticulous emphasis Beaconhouse places on the artistic development of its students, providing each and every one of them with opportunities to hone their skills to perfection. The previous record for the largest art lesson was set by the New Taipei City Government in Sanyin Outdoor Park on November 9, 2013, with a total of 4,810 participants.

Shaikh Zayed Hospital (SZH) can perform 150 liver transplants in a year

Shaikh Zayed Hospital (SZH)  can perform 150 liver transplants in a year

Shaikh Zayed Hospital (SZH)  can perform 150 liver transplants in a year

Shaikh Zayed Hospital (SZH) can perform 150 liver transplants in a year

LAHORE: More than 150 liver transplants can be performed at the liver transplantation unit of the kidney centre of Shaikh Zayed Hospital (SZH).
These views were expressed by Associate Prof Dr Amir Latif of the liver transplantation unit in an exclusive talk with APP on Sunday.
He said that liver diseases were sharply increasing in the country. “Around 425 patients have been on the waiting list of transplant for the last two years due to lack of staff and required facilities,” he added.
He said the as the kidney of a donor could be transplanted to two persons, the liver could also be donated to two persons, as its 30 percent was enough for a health body. “Even one alive person can donate 50 percent of his liver,” he said, adding that cadaver donation had become a need of the hour due to increase in liver diseases in the country.
He said that the lungs and the heart could also be donated to an ill person. “According to the Cadaver Human Tissue Ordinance 2009 and its passage in form of an act in the 18th Amendment, now it is a legal practice to transplant donated organs,” he said.
Prof Amir Latif was of the view that through cadaver donation, around 150 transplants could be performed every year. “There is an urgent need to motivate people to donate their organs in the larger interest of the ailing humanity,” he added.
He said that cadaver donation had started in Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran and in some countries of Europe, like Germany, where it was mandatory to donate organs after death.
Infectious diseases: Separately, the Post-Graduate Medical Institute (PGMI) has established a cell consisting of senior health experts for monitoring and control of infectious diseases. This cell will create awareness among the masses and inform them about the precautionary measures against seasonal and communicable disease through organising seminars and workshops.
PGMI Principal Prof Anjum Habib Vohra said that the cell included Prof Ghiasun Nabi Tayyab, Prof Ahtashamuddin Qureshi, Prof Agha Shabbir Ali, Prof Saulatullah Khan, Prof Najamul Hassan, Dr Mian Azhar Ahmed and Dr Shahid Mehmood.
Prof Vohra said that the government and people were spending a huge amount on the curative side, but there was a need to promote prevention, through which huge funds could be saved and this amount be used for other welfare projects.
He said that disease like hepatitis, AIDS, diabetes, TB and dengue could be controlled by creating proper awareness against such diseases.
Funds: Meanwhile, the Punjab government has approved more than Rs 2.569 billion for the Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology, Rawalpindi (2nd revised) development scheme.
The approval is part of development schemes of the government under different development sectors, a spokesman for the Planning and Development Department told APP on Sunday.
The approval was granted at a meeting of the Provincial Development Working Party of fiscal year 2013-14, presided over by Punjab Planning and Development Board Chairman Muhammad Irfan Elahi. The amount would be used to improve facilities at the institute for the benefit of patients, the chair said. The huge amount granted for the institute reflects commitment and dedication of the government to improving health facilities in the province, he said.

Position holders from across the country visit Government College University (GCU) Lahore

Position holders from across the country visit Government College University (GCU) Lahore

Students advised to promote nationalism, harmony and peace; avoid regional racism

Position holders from across the country visit Government College University (GCU) Lahore

Position holders from across the country visit Government College University (GCU) Lahore

LAHORE: Government College University (GCU) Lahore Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Kahleequr Rahman on Monday called upon the position holders from all provinces of Pakistan to promote nationalism, harmony and peace and avoid regional racism.

“Pakistan is our identity in the world and we need to utilise all our energies for its development,” said Prof Rahman while talking to a delegation of 60 top position-holders of intermediate from Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Jammu Kashmir and Sindh, who came to visit the 150th year-old Government College University, Lahore and other universities of Lahore on the invitation of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.
Talking to the toppers, the Vice Chancellor said that GCU did not require any domicile and students from any province could get admission in it on merit. He said GCU had always encouraged questioning, difference of opinion and argument, besides teaching tolerance to students; tolerance towards the faith, beliefs, religion and ideas of other people.
The position-holders, during their visit at GCU, witnessed the original Nobel Prize that was received by eminent Old Ravian Dr Abdus Salam for his outstanding contribution in Physics. The Nobel Prize remained the centre of attraction among the position holders and they were briefed in detail about the life and achievements of Dr Salam. Dr Salam had studied at Government College from 1942 to 1946 and had taught there from 1951 to 1954.
Talking to media, Mir Muhammad, a position holder student from Balochistan, said that he was very happy to see Punjab but the development projects like Metro Bus and IT Tower should also be carried out in Balochistan. He believed injustices led the people of Balochistan to insurgency, but now the federal and provincial government were making sincere efforts to restore peace in the province.

Kamal Hayat’s figurative art showcased

Kamal Hayat’s figurative art showcased

LAHORE: A solo exhibition of paintings by Kamal Hayat opened at the Alhamra Art Gallery on Monday. This is Hayat’s first solo exhibition in Lahore and approximately 42 paintings were put on display.
The majority of paintings on display were figurative and showcased Hayat’s experimentation with a range of moods. According to Hayat, his paintings reflect his moods and painting is his way of expressing what he feels.
His paintings are also very unique with regards to his rendition of colours. “I do not think before using a particular colour. For me colours are expressive of my mood. And I use whatever I feel will provide unity to my work,” Hayat added with regards to his use of colours.
He also added that all of his work is close to his heart and that no painting in particular is his favourite as such because “all works have a story to tell, some directly and others in a more discreet and subtle manner”.
Most of his paintings are everyday images and thoughts rendered on canvas. According to Hayat, “These thoughts when produced on canvas represent a certain pathos and stillness and the colours provide a sort of life to these thoughts.”
Two of his paintings also featured a cross. Talking about these two particular paintings, he said, “I was reading this book on comparative religion and while I was reading about the birth and life of Jesus, I thought it was an important historical event that changed a lot about the lives of people.
With these paintings I have attempted to give a contemporary meaning to the realities of that story.” One of his paintings depict a woman on the cross, which he had not intended in the beginning but the “crucifixion of women in our society” led him to paint it otherwise.
Some of his other paintings are on urbanism and the other side of urban living. He shows people living in disjointed houses to represent the lack of communication among people, despite living together.
The exhibition was inaugurated by renowned artist Mian Ijazul Hassan and was attended by a many prominent artists and members of the civil society. The exhibition will remain open until March 8.

AJK, GB students included in Punjab education programmes – CM Shahbaz announces laptops for position holder students of other provinces who are currently visiting Lahore

AJK, GB students included in Punjab education programmes – CM Shahbaz announces laptops for position holder students of other provinces who are currently visiting Lahore

AJK, GB students included in Punjab education programmes - CM Shahbaz announces laptops for position holder students of other provinces who are currently visiting Lahore

AJK, GB students included in Punjab education programmes – CM Shahbaz announces laptops for position holder students of other provinces who are currently visiting Lahore

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that there is no dearth of talent in Pakistan and the young generation is the hope of a bright future for the country.
He said that youth can change the destiny of the nation through hard work, honesty and continuous efforts. He said that students should pay attention to their studies and propagate the message of unity, discipline and hope. He said that the Punjab government has also included talented boy and girl students of Azad Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and other provinces in its programmes aimed at promotion of education which is promoting national unity. The chief minister announced laptops for the position holder students of other provinces who are currently on a visit to Lahore.
He was talking to position holders of Sindh, KPK, Balochistan, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir during a meeting, here today. Provincial Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan, Secretary Higher Education, Secretary Information and Director General Public Relations were also present on the occasion. The Chief Minister welcomed position holder students of Sindh, KPK, Balochistan, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir in Lahore. He said that young generation is the guarantee to a glorious future of the country.
He said that the youth should use their education and knowledge for promoting harmony and sentiments of tolerance between the people of different provinces. He said that the situation in the country can be improved by following the principles of honesty, hard work, merit and transparency. He said that Pakistan is facing a number of challenges and it is in the grip of terrorism and extremism. He said that there is a need to make collective efforts to steer the country out of the quagmire of problems and issues. He said that all citizens of the society will have to play their due role for transforming Pakistan into an Islamic welfare state. He said that dreams of Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal can be realized by implementing the resolution of March 23rd 1940.
Referring to the measures taken in the province for promotion of education, Shahbaz Sharif said that Daanish schools have been set up for providing quality education to the children of poor families. He said by setting up these Daanish schools a feeling has been promoted in the resource less people that they also have right over national resources. He said that setting up of modern computer labs in high schools, Punjab Educational Endowment Fund, study tours of position holder students to foreign countries and encouragement of teachers is a part of educational reforms programme.
He said that the visit of boy and girl students of different provinces to Lahore will play an important role in promoting national unity and solidarity. He said it is unfortunate that elite played a major role in creating problems for the nation during the last 68 years.
He said that Pakistan was created for the purpose of establishment of an Islamic welfare state and not for setting up a society where injustice and lawlessness was rampant. He said forefathers of the country rendered innumerable sacrifices for the creation of Pakistan but it is lamentable that the nation is lagging far behind in the world community due to mistakes and shortcomings. He said it is unfortunate that there is no supremacy of law and justice in the society despite the fact that the country was created so that all the citizens would share each other’s joys and sorrows and equal opportunities of progress would be available to all its members.
He said that though Pakistan became a nuclear power and made progress in a number of fields during the last 68 years but still the nation is far behind others. He said that the golden principles of Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal will have to be followed for achieving respect and dignity. He said that terrorism and corruption will have to be rooted out and supremacy of transparency, hard work and merit will have to be ensured. He said that there is still time to choose the right direction and adopt the principles of honesty, commitment and hard work for changing the course of history.
He said that though it is a difficult task but not impossible as there are examples of China, Germany and Japan which made remarkable progress on the basis of their dedication and tireless efforts and reshaped history with their courage and determination.
The Chief Minister said that the announcement of investment package of 32 billion dollars by China is a big gift and it is high time to fully benefit from this opportunity and come up to the expectations of the masses. AHe said that all provinces have an equal right over national resources and Punjab government will continue to follow the programme of encouragement of students in order to promote interprovincial harmony.

Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education BISE Rawalpindi makes ‘foolproof’ arrangements for holding SSC annual exams

Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education BISE Rawalpindi  makes ‘foolproof’ arrangements for holding SSC annual exams

RAWALPINDI: Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (RBISE) has made foolproof arrangements for Secondary School Certificate (SSC) annual examinations said Chairman RBISE, Prof. Ghulam Muhammad Jhaggar.
He informed that total 338 examination centers have been set up in Rawalpindi division.
Prof. Ghulam Muhammad Jhaggar said that a total of 103.035 candidates including 64,426 regular and 38,609 private students are appearing in the examination.
RBISE established 338 examination centres in its affiliated districts including 129 for male and 132 for female while 77 combined centers have also been set up. 57 examination centers established in district Attock, 70 in district Chakwal and 54 in district Jhelum while 66 local exam centers and 91 in adjoining areas of Rawalpindi have also been set up.
Talking to APP the chairman said that roll number slips of the regular candidates were sent to the heads of their respective schools and of the private candidates were posted to the addresses mentioned in their admission forms.
To a question, he said that effective measures have been put in order to check booti mafia.
The teams of Mobile Inspectors, Distributing Inspectors, Resident Inspectors and Chairman’s Special Squad would check the centres and the entire examination process to ensure transparency and present their reports to him on daily basis. He told that he would also conduct raids to check examination centers to ensure transparency.
He informed that a Control Room with fax number 051-5450912, has also been set up in the Board office to address the complaints of the candidates as well as the examination staff.

Six percent Pakistanis use drugs

Six percent Pakistanis use drugs

ISLAMABAD: As many as 6.7 million Pakistan adults or 6 percent of the country’s population used drugs last year, according to a survey report 2013.
The survey report, first of its kind, was launched jointly by Narcotics Control Division, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) here on Tuesday. The report revealed that substantial proportion of Pakistan’s population aged 15 to 64 suffer from the devastating consequences of substance abuse. About 4.25 million individuals are thought to be drug dependent and treatment and specialist interventions are in short supply, available to less than 30,000 drug users a year. Moreover, not all structured treatment is free of charge.
Senior Joint Secretary Narcotics Control Division Zulqarnain Amir, while launching the report, said that Pakistan has a serious drug use problem affecting every fiber of the society. He said the government is committed to eradicate the menace of drug use from the country especially among the youth. Cesar Guedes, Representative United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, stated that national drug survey 2013 was conducted for the first time in the region and it provided a comprehensive data of drug use and drug related HIV.
The data provided in the report will form the base line for future planning and designing of drug prevention and treatment programmes in Pakistan. He said that the objectives of the survey were to provide reliable estimates of the prevalence of drug use among the population aged 15 to 64 in Pakistan. Cannabis was found to be the most commonly used drug in Pakistan as 3.6 per cent of the adult population or four million people are listed as its users. Opiates, namely opium and heroin, are used by almost one percent of overall drugs users (860,000 chronic heroin users) and the highest levels of use are seen in the provinces which border principal poppy cultivating areas in neighbouring Afghanistan.
Significant differences in patterns of consumption by type of drug used are observed among men and women. While men are more likely to use cannabis and opiates, the use of tranquillisers and sedatives and prescription amphetamines is higher among women. A series of surveys was conducted throughout the four provinces and Azad Jammu and Kashmir, including interviews of 4,533 high-risk drug users, 58 drug treatment centre representatives, 1,198 key informants and 51,453 participants randomly selected from the general population.

Court orders Google to remove anti-Islam film from YouTube

Court orders Google to remove anti-Islam film from YouTube

Court orders Google to remove anti-Islam film from YouTube

Court orders Google to remove anti-Islam film from YouTube

Google Inc was ordered by a U.S. federal appeals court to remove an anti-Islamic film that had sparked protests in the Middle East from its YouTube website.

By a 2-1 vote, a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Google’s assertion that the removal of the film “Innocence of Muslims” amounted to a prior restraint of speech that violated the U.S. Constitution.

The plaintiff, Cindy Lee Garcia, had objected to the film after learning that it incorporated a clip she had made for a different movie, which had been partially dubbed and in which she appeared to be asking “Is your Mohammed a child molester?”
A lower court had refused Garcia’s request that Google remove the film from YouTube. But the 9th Circuit said Garcia was likely to prevail on her copyright claim, and having already faced “serious threats against her life” faced irreparable harm absent an injunction.

 

A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday ordered Google Inc to remove from its YouTube video-sharing website an anti-Islamic film that had sparked protests across the Muslim world.
By a 2-1 vote, a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday rejected Google’s assertion that the removal of the film “Innocence of Muslims,” amounted to a prior restraint of speech that violated the U.S. Constitution.
The plaintiff, Cindy Lee Garcia, had objected to the film after learning that it incorporated a clip she had made for a different movie, which had been partially dubbed and in which she appeared to be asking: “Is your Mohammed a child molester?”
Representatives for Google could not immediately be reached for comment.
Cris Armenta, a lawyer for Garcia, said she is delighted with the decision.
“Ordering YouTube and Google to take down the film was the right thing to do,” Armenta said in an email. “The propaganda film differs so radically from anything that Ms. Garcia could have imagined when the director told her that she was being cast in the innocent adventure film.”
The controversial film, billed as a film trailer, depicted the Prophet Mohammed as a fool and a sexual deviant. It sparked a torrent of anti-American unrest among Muslims in Egypt, Libya and other countries in 2012.
That outbreak coincided with an attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya. U.S. and other foreign embassies were also stormed in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
For many Muslims, any depiction of the prophet is considered blasphemous.
Google had refused to remove the film from YouTube, despite pressure from the White House and others, though it blocked the trailer in Egypt, Libya and certain other countries.
Garcia had claimed that her performance within the film was independently copyrightable and that she retained an interest in that copyright. A lower court had refused her request that Google remove the film from YouTube.
But in Wednesday’s decision, 9th Circuit Chief Judge Alex Kozinski said Garcia was likely to prevail on her copyright claim and having already faced “serious threats against her life,” faced irreparable harm absent an injunction.
He called it a rare and troubling case, given how Garcia had been duped. “It’s disappointing, though perhaps not surprising, that Garcia needed to sue in order to protect herself and her rights,” he wrote.

Punjab University Director Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) Prof Dr Aamir Ijaz delivers lecture at LCWU

Punjab University Director Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) Prof Dr Aamir Ijaz  delivers lecture at LCWU

LAHORE: Punjab University Director Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) Prof Dr Aamir Ijaz delivered a lecture on “Self Assessment Procedure” at Lahore College for Women University (LCWU). In this occasion LCWU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Sabiha Mansoor, Deans, Heads of different faculties and departments were present. Dr Sabiha said that QEC’s are the vital organs of Universities and SAR helps in identifying weakness and make improvements in the program. Dr Aamir guided program team members of LCWU about self assessment procedure and discussed criteria of self assessment manual. He also shared the good practices of QEC, PU with them. At the end there was a question / answer session. The presentation was very much appreciated by the participants; they said that such workshops should be conducted on regular basis.

Seminar on Majeed Amjad and Contemporary Poets at Lahore University of Management Sciences LUMS

Seminar on Majeed Amjad and Contemporary Poets  at Lahore University of Management Sciences LUMS

Seminar on Majeed Amjad and Contemporary Poets  at Lahore University of Management Sciences LUMS

Seminar on Majeed Amjad and Contemporary Poets at Lahore University of Management Sciences LUMS

In the first half of the event, Dr. Nasir Abbas Nayyer studied in his paper, the nature of melancholy in Majeed Amjad’s poetry. Dr. Rauf Parekh analysed the linguistic aspects of Amjad’s poems, written during the last six years of his life whereas Dr. Khurshid Rizvi spoke on the salient characteristics of the entire corpus of his poetry. Majeed Amjad is one of the most significant Urdu poets of the twentieth century. Ignored by critics during his lifetime, he became prominent fourteen years after his death in 1974 when his collected works were edited and published. Born in 1914, this year also marks his centenary.

A poetry reading session in the second half of the event was an enthralling experience for the audience. Seven contemporary poets: Sarmad Sehbai, Nasreen Anjum Bhatti, Abrar Ahmed, Waheed Ahmed, Harris Khalique, Hameeda Shaheen and Yasmeen Hameed read out from their works, which was earlier introduced through a paper on modern poetry presented by Dr. Zia ul Hasan.

The event was very well attended by students as well as other guests.

MGSHSS Wins Top Trophy at the LUMS Annual Games

MGSHSS Wins Top Trophy at the LUMS Annual Games

MGSHSS Wins Top Trophy at the LUMS Annual Games

MGSHSS Wins Top Trophy at the LUMS Annual Games

The second LUMS Annual Games kicked off with a blast this year with a fun filled opening ceremony in which the LUMS faculty was pitted against the LUMS boys’ volleyball team in an exhibition match. This year was even better than the last, with the students exhibiting extraordinary athletic abilities and the schools giving it their all to win the annual trophy.

The second LUMS annual games raised the bar by hosting a carnival and the first annual LUMS marathon this year. Adur the band create an atmosphere of enthusiasm and delight at the carnival whereas the faculty participation in the marathon added to the fun. The games ended with two exciting events: an exhibition match between the girls’ basketball team and the Vice Chancellor’s team which ended in a draw with 16 points each and a faculty vs. students bench press competition which the faculty narrowly won by pressing 845 Kg vs. the students’ 500 Kg.

The house trophy for this year went to the Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences. The second position was awarded to the Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering and the Suleman Dawood School of Business came in in third place although they battled hard with excellent sportsman spirit.

 

Result of Inter School Events

POSITION POINTS SYSTEM TOTAL
1st Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities Social Sciences and Law 650
2nd Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering 485
3rd Suleman Dawood School of Business 400

 

Winners of Inter Department Events

POSITION POINTS SYSTEM
Arm Wrestling Muzammil Khan (library)
Badminton Ahmed Zaman (SSE)
Cricket Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering
Table Tennis Amjad Hussain (F & E)

 

Winners of the LUMS Annual Games Marathon are:

Student (M) Student (F) Faculty/Staff (M) Faculty/Staff (F) Walk Children
1st Abu Bakar Mahnoor Shahid Mr. Zahoor Ms. Zehra Gillani Dr. Zakir ullah Mubeen
2nd Umar Farooq Rabia Sohaag Dr. Adnan Khan Dr. Marayam Wasif Dr. Sultan Sial/ Dr.Amber Riaz Arooj
3rd Usman Imtiaz Sarah Tahir Mr. Farman Ali Ms. Shazia Zakir Dr. Faqir Bhatti Ayyan

LUMS and MCB Ink the Deal for a Cashless Campus

LUMS and MCB Ink the Deal for a Cashless Campus

LUMS and MCB Ink the Deal for a Cashless Campus

LUMS and MCB Ink the Deal for a Cashless Campus

The Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and MCB Bank Ltd (MCB) signed an MoU to transform LUMS into a ‘cashless’campus on February 24. The project will showcase MCB Lite – the world’s 1st socially connected mobile wallet– specially designed to provide digital payments convenience in socially connected groups of people such as the LUMS student body, faculty and staff on campus.

On the occasion of signing the MoU, LUMS Vice Chancellor, Dr. Sohail Naqvi stated, “We are excited about this partnership with MCB. This is an excellent opportunity for our students to carry out research and development on a live banking platform. We want LUMS to be a hotbed of innovation in mobile banking and technology to help define the future of consumer financial platforms for Pakistan as well as the rest of the world.”

Together MCB and LUMS intend to make LUMS the first completely cashless campus in Pakistan where students, faculty and various other stakeholders will be able to carry out transactions using their mobile phones or the accompanying MCB Lite Visa Card. During the course of this project, MCB will pilot various cutting edge technologies such as Near Field Communications (NFC) and Mobile Point-of-Sale terminals.

About this new initiative, Head of Digital Banking at MCB, Qasif Shahid, expressed, “MCB sees LUMS as a driver of innovation and behaviour change in the Pakistani society. The university is full of bright and intelligent people open to adopting new, innovative technologies and payment types.” He further added, “We want students and faculty to experience the convenience of digital money and adopt these new payments types and business models in other aspects of their lives as well. Ultimately, we would love to see some of these intelligent individuals innovating and taking this concept further in directions not imaginable as yet.”

Saad Rafique Discusses Revitalisation of Pakistan Railways at Lahore University of Management Sciences LUMS

Saad Rafique Discusses Revitalisation of Pakistan Railways at Lahore University of Management Sciences LUMS

Saad Rafique Discusses Revitalisation of Pakistan Railways at Lahore University of Management Sciences LUMS

Saad Rafique Discusses Revitalisation of Pakistan Railways at Lahore University of Management Sciences LUMS

Faculty at the Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB) has voluntarily provided its services for revitalising the turn-around of Pakistan Railways, for which Khawaja Saad Rafique, Federal Minister Pakistan Railways visited LUMS on February 21, 2014 for an interactive session with the business school students. To achieve this goal, 16 PhDs hailing from the background of Finance, Marketing, Strategy, Organisation Development and Operations are currently working on various projects with Pakistan Railways. The objective is to support Pakistan Railways in providing quality public service to the masses in the country in a sustainable manner. This voluntary effort will also enhance the research activities at LUMS which would be beneficial for students as they will gain practical insights about public organisations. Work began on this project in late 2013 and is expected to continue until practical and feasible outcomes are reached considering the Pakistan’s socio-economic scenario.

The Federal Minister was accompanied by the management of Pakistan Railways: Mr. Anjum Pervaiz GM Operations, Mr. Javed Anwar Additional General Manager, Mr. Zubair Shafi Ghauri Chief Marketing Manager and Mr. Hanif Gul Director Vigilance while LUMS team was headed by Abdul Razaq Dawood, Rector of LUMS, Dr. Sohail H Naqvi, Vice Chancellor and Dr. Arif Nazir Butt, Dean of SDSB and hosted by the SDSB External Relations Department.

This visit is a continuation of senior business faculty’s visit to Pakistan Railway’s Head Quarters in which Pakistan Railways sought cooperation and concrete suggestions for revamping, restructuring and turn-around of railways. Different delegations from both sides are regularly meeting at the level of working groups headed by team leaders working day and night in the fields of Operations, Cost Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Strategy and Organisational Development.